Freedom Allows Retailers to Be Better, Says New NACS Chairman Brad Call

Innovation and adventure is nothing new to NACS 2013-14 Chairman Brad Call, whose family has embraced both for more than 80 years. Adventure is a part of his DNA—his title at Maverik is vice president of adventure culture—and is central to a number of company initiatives that he discussed today’s NACS Show general session in

Clark Brands Partners With Acumera

Acumera to provide next generation firewalls to Clark and Crown locations. Acumera has announced that it will provide managed network security for Clark Brands LLC, which licenses the Clark and Crown gasoline brands and provides credit card processing services to more than 1,100 petroleum retailers and fuel stations across the country. As a part of

Kangaroo Express Gallons for Good Program Raises $25K

BP, Marathon and Valero donated one penny to the ‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign for every gallon purchased with a fuel rewards card at participating Kangaroo Express stores. The Pantry Inc. announced the results of the Gallons for Good program. To support the third annual Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops campaign, fuel partners BP, Marathon and

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Maverik Honored at CSD’s Chain of the Year Gala

Industry elite roast Brad Call, vice president of Adventure Culture for Maverik, as more than 200 retailers and suppliers honor the 2013 Convenience Store of the Year chain. “Maverik does such a great job. Imagine how good they could do if Brad worked more than 20 minutes a month,” joked Pat Lewis, president of Oasis

NACS Names Four New Retailer Members to Board of Directors

NACS announces the election of four retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta. The NACS Show is ranked one of the 50 largest annual trade shows in the United States. The

Even Greater Success Is Possible, Says NACS Chairman Dave Carpenter

The convenience store industry has seen phenomenal success and growth while other channels have faced challenges, but even greater success may be possible as it continues to evolve, stressed 2013-2014 NACS Chairman Dave Carpenter before a standing-room-only general session audience at the NACS Show. “I don’t think it’s any stretch to say that many of

Bob Sears Leads New NACS Supplier Board

 Joe Vonder Haar, managing partner of iSEE Store Innovations Inc., named chair-elect. Bob Sears, director of trade & state relations and training & compliance for Altria Group Distribution Co., has been named 2013-14 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Joe Vonder Haar, managing partner of iSEE Store Innovations Inc., was named chair-elect and

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Tantus Tobacco Launches New E-Cig

Tantus Tobacco has announced the launch of a ground-breaking new e-cig you will soon be able to offer your customers. The initial 24/7 product offering features two flavors—Classic and Frost Menthol—and customers will also have the freedom to choose either a disposable or rechargeable e-cig. The Tantus 24/7 line is the first to offer a

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Core-Mark to Webcast Presentation From Wells Fargo Forum

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced that it will Webcast its presentation from the Wells Fargo 2013 Convenience Store Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 beginning at 9:45 a.m. Eastern.  The live Webcast can be accessed at

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Marketing to Hispanic Customers

According to The NPD Group, Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to purchase groceries, dairy and bread from convenience stores than non-Hispanics. What are you doing to cater to this growing consumer base? By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Marketing to Hispanics is just like marketing to any other ethnic group, which is what can

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Saving Energy Saves Money

Lighting accounts for 20-50% of electricity consumption, reported the Small Business Administration (SBA). And while green initiatives might cost more up front, retailers are finding that they can result in some impressive savings. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Due to continually improving equipment, lighting usually provides the highest return-on-investment of major upgrades, the SBA explained.

C-store Non-alcoholic Beverages Up in Q3

Beverage manufacturers Using “Everything Must Go” pricing to drive volumes, reports Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has reported that c-store non-alcoholic beverages were up +3% in the third quarter (Q3) of 2013, with Energy strength offsetting weakness in other catgories. Wells Fargo recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing more than 15,000 C-Store locations across

Acumera Teams With NPCA to Offer C-Store Savings

New app reduces cost to convenience stores, consumers on NPCA card transactions. Acumera is collaborating with the National Payment Card Association (NPCA) to offer convenience stores an application (app) that will significantly reduce hardware and install costs and improve visibility into remote equipment status. The NPCA app will in many cases eliminate the need for

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The New Face of Champs Chicken

New logo, enhanced Website unveiled for brand. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program from Pro Food Systems Inc. (PFS), is adding more sizzle to its consumer experience. Starting this week, the company invites the public to visit its newly redesigned Website, showcasing an improved navigation system, engaging content, and a new company logo. Created

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Parker’s Hires Expert Tobacco Sales Leader

Mike Gancedo joins Parker’s as category manager. Parker’s recently hired tobacco sales leader Mike Gancedo as a category manager at Parker’s. In his new position, Gancedo is responsible for the sale of tobacco products at all Parker’s retail stores. Gancedo brings 20 years of retail experience to his position at Parker’s, including 13 years of

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Growing Your Car Wash Business

Location, appearance and service are among the most important factors to consider when building and operating car washes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Getting the most out of a car wash operation is no different than getting the most out of any profit center a convenience store offers to the public. It hinges on two

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Funding Your Business Expansion

The old adage “it takes money to make money” may prove especially true when you’re looking to expand your business. Understanding what sources you should consider for financing will give you a big heads up on your competition. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand

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Are You an Effective Leader?

For far too many of today’s convenience store executives, finding the time to unwind or take a family vacation is a difficult task. But not making the effort could have a negative impact on the business. By John Lofstock, Editor. Did you know 61% of employed Americans expect to have to do some work while

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Training Employees to Succeed

At first glance, one might think investing in employee training during economically challenging times would be counter-intuitive because it requires a significant monetary investment. The truth is training must be an ongoing priority in any retail business. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Building a sense of teamwork among store employees will make them more productive,

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Are You Creating a Culture of Exile?

Five warning signs that your employees may lack a vital sense of belonging in your corporate environment. By John Lofstock, Editor. Consider the power of belonging. Adolescents will change their speech, dress and behavior to fit in with their peer groups. Adults, too, gain much of their identity from the neighborhoods they live in, the

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Succession Planning for Family Business

For most family and closely held businesses, planning for succession is the toughest and most critical challenge they face. Yet succession planning can also be a great opportunity to maximize opportunities and create a multi-generational institution. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Everyone who has invested a great deal of time, money and energy into

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Demand Grows for HBC

From single-serve cold medicines to hair care products, the health and beauty category is attracting new customers of all ages. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With healthcare capturing so many headlines these days, the health and beauty category (HBC) has taken on added importance in the c-store set. Fueling much of the growth: smaller package

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Mixed Smoke Signals for C-Stores

By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor.Tobacco customers and products are changing. Convenience store retailers must adapt to maintain category sales. It’s no secret that traditional cigarette use is declining. According to Gallup research, about 20% of Americans smoke at least one cigarette each week, which is down from the all-time high of 45% in 1955. Since

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“Berry” Up the Holidays

In its first favor innovation since 2005, Sprite is launching all-new flavor Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero.  The new products will be available for a limited time through the holidays. Both products take the refreshing taste of traditional Sprite and combine it with a splash of sweet and tart cranberry notes. The new flavor

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CST Brands’ CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

In her first 100 days as CEO, Kim Bowers visited 100 stores to help her understand the business from the ground up.  Kim Bowers, Chairman, CEO and President of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST Brands is a convenience store

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